India U-19 team beat West Indies by 81 runs

Unmukt Chand-led India will play Sri Lanka in the final of the U-19 quadrangular one-day cricket series on Sunday

Visakhapatnam: Oct 7, 2011

Kumar Deobrat Singh cracked a breezy half-century to help India register a comprehensive 81-run victory over West Indies in the Under-19 quadrangular one-day cricket series on Friday.

Deobrat scored 75 off 91 balls with the help of four boundaries and two sixes as India posted a challenging 249 for seven in their 50 overs after being sent in to bat by the West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite.

In reply, West Indies kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually folded for 168 in 40.5 overs.

Baba Aparajith was the pick of bowlers for India, taking three wickets for 36, while Sandeep Sharma, Kamal Passi and Vikas Mishra scalped two wickets each.

For the West Indies, Justin Greaves and Kyle Mayers accounted for two each, while Amir Khan and Derone Davis snapped one each.

Earlier, A Herwadkar (22) and skipper U Chand (28) opened the innings for India and put up 53 runs in 13.5 before the former lost his wicket to Mayers. Chand too was sent back into the dressing room soon by Khan.

But M Vohra (44) and Deobrat joined hands to put up a crucial 91-run stand.

Vohra though was sent packing by Davis, Deobrat in the able company of Aparajith (34), hit 61 runs from 8.4 overs to take the team past 200-run mark.

Even after he got out, India managed to score 36 off the last 32 balls to reach one short of 250.

Chasing 250 for victory, West Indies had a disastrous start as they lost their skipper Brathwaite (0) in the third ball of the very first over.

Opener J Campbell (27) was then removed by Passi in the eighth over.

A Alleyne (31) and KR Mayers (30), however, stitched 49 runs together before Mishra had the former trapped in front of wicket.

Aparajith then dismissed Mayers, while Passi came back to get rid off SW Ambris (17) as West Indies lost half their side for 121 in 29.2 overs.

Greaves (9), Stephen Katwaroo (6), Davis (1) and Khan (11) were all dismissed cheaply and once Hodge (31) was also back in the hut, it was all over for the Caribbean side.

Table toppers India will take on Sri Lanka in the final of the under-19 tournament here on Sunday.(PTI)